Holiday Safety Tips
December is the month with the highest number of incidents of home candle fires. If you plan to deck your halls with candles, we highly recommend you use battery-operated candles and tea lights.
According to a 2020 national American Red Cross survey, close to 1/3 of us have left the room or fallen asleep with burning a candle If you are going to use real candles, please keep them out of the reach of children and pets, keep them away from anything that could burn, and never leave them unattended.
OTHER HOLIDAY DECORATING SAFETY TIPS
- Check all holiday light cords and make sure they aren’t frayed or broken. Also, do not string together too many strands of lights together — no more than three per extension cord. Always remember to turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
- Ensure outside decorations are for outdoor use and fasten lights securely to your home or trees. If using hooks or nails outside, make sure they are insulated to avoid an electrocution or fire hazard.
- Look for the fire-resistant label when buying an artificial tree. Keep it away from fireplaces, radiators and other sources of heat. Never use electric lights on metallic trees.
- If getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh and keep it watered. Bend the needles up and down to make sure no needles fall off.
- Don’t light the fireplace if hanging stockings on the mantel.
- Check the labels of older decorations. Some older tinsel is lead-based. If using angel hair, wear gloves to avoid irritation.
- Avoid breathing in artificial snow.
Happy Holidays from your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!